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83 Tone of a Story Ideas to Help You

Finding your authentic writer’s voice can be a challenge. But doing so is priceless! Read on and you’ll discover some of the best ways young writers can figure out their writer’s tone of voice, find that perfect tone of a story, and write their best fiction story or piece of writing yet. Our story ideas can help, so take a look now.

Story Ideas to Help You Find That Perfect Tone of Voice

Finding Your Writing Tone 

Yes, it is true. Your tone can convey mood, emotion, and the (your) writer’s attitude. That’s why finding your writing voice and tone is an essential part of the writing journey. 

It is also true that it is not always easy to find your voice. But don’t let that discourage you.

You see…

There are many ways people find their preferred writing voice, yet the most common one is through experimentation. In order to find your voice, you have to know who you are, what you want to express, and the appropriate style for that expression. Discovering this may take some digging. And our lists of ideas can help.

Easy, Effective Hack to Find Your Writing Tone

To quickly find your tone, I suggest you use this easy and effective hack.

One of the best ways for young writers to figure out their perfect tone of voice is to start reading different pieces with different tones by other writers. 

Yes!

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

This is why so many aspiring writers have found success in studying the writing styles and techniques that apply to a specific genre.

Take a few minutes and find a tone/voice of writing you like and then adapt it into your own work.

For example, if you’re writing in the vernacular or slang that teenagers speak in, then read works by famous authors such as Kurt Vonnegut or J.D. Salinger.

Reading different works from different authors will help you explore different types of tone to find what resonates best with you.

Easy peasy!

To recap, find a successful author in the genre of your choice and study their work. This doesn’t need to take a lot of time or effort. Keep it simple and light and fun.

The subject matter and level of formality of your piece will also influence your tone – if you’re writing an academic paper or a professional letter, a formal tone is most appropriate, while a piece of satire will have very different word choices. Some pieces will have descriptive imagery, frequent use of adjectives, and figurative language. Other literary works may be more matter-of-fact or use a completely different syntax.

Ok, now let’s get to those story ideas and prompts.

83 Writing Prompt Tone of a Story Ideas 

5 Easy Short Story Ideas

  1. Write a quick story in the morning before breakfast.
  2. Write a short story before bed at night.
  3. Write a short story on your lunch break.
  4. Write a short story when you’re in a waiting room.
  5. Set a timer for 10 minutes and write a short story.

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Short Story Writing Ideas

10 More Inspiration for Short Stories Prompts

  1. Tell the story of how the character ended up getting a scar.
  2. A young man’s biggest fear is holding him back.
  3. The short walk gets interrupted by a disaster.
  4. Your character was left a strange object in his/her grandmother’s will.
  5. Two families go to the moon to start a new colony.
  6. A struggling writer is visited by someone from the 1800s.
  7. A dragon family raises orphaned twins.
  8. Your character discovers her mother is a millionaire.
  9. You open your fortune cookie at a Chinese restaurant, and it only says, “Your life is in danger. Get out.”
  10. Your character just moved into town, only to discover the local kids believe the home is haunted.
Story Ideas to Help You Find That Perfect Tone of Voice

13 Great Stories Start with Great Story Ideas

  1. The main character has planned the trip of a lifetime after a difficult personal challenge. However, the trip does not go as planned.
  2. Two best friends who grew up together are reunited after spending 25 years apart. They are surprised to find out that one lasting connection between them stood the test of time.
  3. A student working for the school paper uncovers a mystery that will change everything at the school.
  4. The story begins with your main character running away. The character is stressed, anxious, and trying to survive.
  5. A character in your story uncovers an ancient artifact during an archeological dig. The artifact stirs up the connection between the planet Earth and a distant planet with alien life.
  6. On a whim, a character in your story buys a lotto ticket. They have no idea how this ticket will change their life.
  7. A group of friends in middle school decide to start a sustainability club to protect the planet. They uncover several challenges along the way as they attempt to make the world a better place.
  8. The protagonist in your story begins a new adventure by purchasing a camera and buying some plane tickets.
  9. The story begins when the character in your story gets her coffee paid for by a stranger.
  10. The story begins in the aftermath of a natural disaster that will change the course of history for one small, seemingly inconsequential town.
  11. The story takes place in two parts. The first part is during your main characters’ high school years. The second part takes place at one character’s funeral, 50 years later.
  12. Your main character attends a glittering ball but does not expect a murder to take place there that night.
  13. Your protagonist travels back in time, only to find that all of her family members from the future exist in the past as well. 

See the full list here.

Story Ideas for Writers Looking for Growth

8 Write Your Own Story Ideas

  1. Write about a family that took a road trip, got lost, and ended up enjoying a brand new adventure.
  2. Three friends have the ability to travel forward in time. Write a story about what the world looks like when they arrive.
  3. A kid who loves science suddenly develops superpowers and helps fight crime around the city at night. Write about one of his nighttime crime-fighting adventures.
  4. You find a message in a bottle on a beach. It gives you directions. Write a story about what happens when you follow those directions.
  5. Your main character meets a fairy who gives him or her a gift. What is the gift and how does the character use it?
  6. Write a story that takes place on a farm with animals that talk.
  7. You grow a sunflower so tall that it reaches the sky. One day you decide to climb it. Write a story about what you discover at the top.
  8. Write a story about a kid who moves to a new neighborhood and attends a new school.
  9. Your main character goes outside and finds a sleeping dragon. Write a story about the dragon, why it’s there, how it looks, and whether it’s friendly. What happens next?

15 Creative Writing Ideas

  1. Write a story about a character who stumbles on an important clue to an unsolved mystery.
  2. Imagine that you see a strange light in the sky.  What is it?
  3. What would you do if you suddenly found yourself able to communicate with animals?
  4. If you could rename our city and state, what would you call them?  Why?
  5. What color best represents your personality?  Why?
  6. What is the coolest gift someone could ever receive?  What makes it so amazing?
  7. Write a story about a mountain made of ice cream.
  8. Imagine your life is a video game. How do you get bonus points? What is your goal?
  9. If you were to set a world record, what would it be for? 
  10. Write a story about a big storm that no one saw coming.
  11. Go outside and watch the clouds. Then, write about the shapes and things you saw.
  12. Write a fake news story about something real that happened this week.
  13. If you were President of the Universe for one day, what new rules would you make? 
  14. What technology would you most like to see invented in the future? Why?
  15. Write a story about an unexpected visitor.

10 Romance Story Ideas

  1. You’ve had a crush on your friend for two years, but that feeling was never reciprocated – until you ran into each other at a local movie theater one weekend. Create a story about the chemistry developing between the two of you.
  2. Write a story about two best friends who get tired of trying to find love, so they try to start a relationship with each other, even though they don’t really have any chemistry.
  3. It all started when her sporty red car hit me while I was crossing the street with my bicycle…
  4. Create a story about a human character that falls in love with a magical creature that isn’t human.
  5. What happens when two characters who are initially mortal enemies actually fall in love?
  6. A tour guide who organizes special tours for singles falls in love with one of the travelers he or she meets. Write their love story.
  7. Write a romance story about a pop star who falls in love with a fan and they run away together to get away from a demanding record label.
  8. As a bridesmaid, you meet the best man at your sister’s rehearsal dinner and hit it off immediately. He asks you out, but your sister warns you about him. Write a romance story in which you try to follow her advice, but you find it challenging to keep him at arm’s length.
  9. You purchase a raffle ticket at the town carnival and it ends up being for a date with the mayor’s son, someone you’ve known all your life. How does the date go?
  10. Two teenagers from different social circles end up traveling to Europe on the senior trip. Although they have vastly different backgrounds, they begin to fall in love on the trip.
Writing Romance Story Ideas

15 Sci-Fi Story Starters

  1. While off on a nature hike with your family, you stumble upon a nest with a strange, colorful egg. As you are checking out the egg, it begins to hatch and a small alien emerges from the shell.
  2. Write a story about a character who is working on a science experiment that goes catastrophically wrong. Describe the experiment and don’t forget the details about the unexpected results.
  3. You wake up one day and realize that time is moving backwards and not forwards. What starts to change about your home, your family, and your school? 
  4. They say that we will know when time travel is possible when we are visited by someone from the future. How would you feel if someone visited you from the future? What would you want to know?
  5. Would you want to have a robot living in your house? Why or why not? 
  6. We have apps for nearly everything now. Do you feel that these apps have helped or hindered us as a society? 
  7. Write a story about what life will be like inside your school in 150 years.
  8. Imagine that you have been tasked with the job of finding a new planet for humans to live on. What type of planet would you be looking for?
  9. Your mother always told you to stay away from the attic, but she never explained why. You are very surprised when you discover that she has been hiding a secret invention up there.
  10. What would you do if you found out your parents were aliens who disguised themselves as human?
  11. What is one invention that you feel changed the world? What would the world be like if it had never been invented?
  12. The main character in your story overhears a conversation about a leak at a laboratory. What does your character do? 
  13. Imagine that all the adults in your town are sleep walking and will not wake up. The kids are now in charge and must solve the crisis. What happens next? 
  14. Write a short story from the perspective of an alien who has just landed unexpectedly in your hometown.
  15. You pick up a package from the porch, thinking it’s the new video game you ordered a couple of days ago. When you open the package, you realize that it has unexpected contents from the future inside it. Describe what you find and what you do with your discovery.
Sci-Fi Writing Prompts

7 more bonus ideas to write a story about:

  1. A hero, a bad guy (villain), a stranger, and you all go on a quest to…
  2. Your guardian angel visits and shares with you an astonishing secret.
  3. To your great surprise, a detective with a vicious sense of humor shows up at your door. What happens next blows your mind.
  4. Magic, miracles, and a horse that flies.
  5. A Monster, vampire, and/or a witch that just want to be a boring old human being.
  6. What is your dream novel? Start writing the manuscript for it today even if it’s just a rough outline.
  7. Pick a unique character viewpoint for any one of the story ideas outlined above and r(e)write your story, then do it, again and again, to practice refining your writing skills.

Tell Your Story With Your Own Voice 

As the author of my own blog, it’s important to me that I write in a way that feels good and authentic. It was through inner reflection and personal experimentation that I discovered and freed my distinct writer’s voice.

But, enough about me… 

Let’s talk about you and your voice.

Determining the tone of your writer’s voice is a vital tool to successful and captivating works that capture your reader’s attention.

Indeed, your voice can be anything you want it to be. (Yeppers. Each person has a unique way of expressing themselves.)

It can be a distinct style that sets you apart from others and your current speaking voice. Or, it could be the exact same tone of voice you use to speak. 

Now…

I have found that finding your voice often means finding yourself.  This is why when you are searching for your voice, being aware and tuned in is key. For example…

Ask yourself, “

Does this tone of voice inspire me and make me feel happy and satisfied?

If it does, congratulations! If it doesn’t, keep experimenting until you find a tone that works for you.

Your voice is your style of writing; it is something you should be thrilled with and proud to share with the world.

Take your time finding it. Then, refine it.

But…

Beware of the trap of perfection. Here’s why…

Don’t Let The Perfect Be The Enemy Of The Good 

The old adage, “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” is often heard by those who are perfectionists with their writing. 

The phrase is meant to encourage writers to stop debating over the trivial aspects of a project and write something more. 

However, there are some pitfalls to this mantra when it comes to writing. One of the most common pitfalls is that it can be difficult to distinguish between the “perfect” and the “good.” 

Just know this: If you write for perfection, you are in big trouble. This is why I suggest you decide right now to write for good results, not for perfection.

And…

When you find yourself getting critical of your writing or dissatisfied with it (and you will!), you must take a break. Getting a fresh perspective can be priceless to good writing results.  

How can I become a better writer? 

No matter what you do, there is one thing that you should always remember: You have a voice and it is valuable. 

Whether your voice is harsh or soft, upbeat or downtrodden, angry or content, it will convey volumes to others in the world.  

To become a better writer, use your voice, value it, and, above all, write! Then, write some more and more and more… I’m sure you get the point. 🙂

Closing Thoughts

Ok, that’s all for now.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post to help you find that perfect tone of a story and found the writing ideas helpful. There are loads of tips and tricks here to help you get a great start on your next story. 

Above all, I hope you found some good story ideas that inspire you to create from the writer’s voice that thrills you to the bone.

Until next time, write on…

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